Ed Ford  


Untitled by Ed Ford

April 2021 - Untitled

About the Image(s)

I have always been interested in PJ shots and saw my opportunity with this one. My wife and I were in Lancaster Country, PA. She was shopping and I was out with the Camera on a crisp morning late winter of this year. I saw the dust in the distance and took the opportunity to do some photography. I like the aspect of the trotter in motion with the dust cloud. I know the focus is not perfect but I elected to keep the shot as PJ shots do not give the photographer much time to set up the shot and I did like the composition. This was, in my opinion the best of the shot I could get. I also like the frame giving the viewer the sense of looking at the scene through a window. I chose a high key appearance with a light sepia tone to give it the appearance of age “ a window on another time.


8 comments posted




Colin Bradshaw   Colin Bradshaw
Nice image Ed you have achieved the appearance of age, for me the curved frame at the top is not to my taste but hey its your shot so if you like it its good enough for me :-). the dust coming up from the horse is a plus as is the horses front legs in the air giving a nice sense of motion   Posted: 04/06/2021 03:12:15
Ed Ford   Ed Ford
Thanks for the comments Colin. I was fortunate to be in the right place at the right time. It was the dust cloud that caught my eye in the first place. The Tamron 18-400 was also a big help as I was not very close to the action.   Posted: 04/07/2021 08:30:20
Ed Ford   Ed Ford
Thanks for the comments Colin. I was fortunate to be in the right place at the right time. It was the dust cloud that caught my eye in the first place. The Tamron 18-400 was also a big help as I was not very close to the action.   Posted: 04/07/2021 08:37:41



Kirsti Näntö-Salonen   Kirsti Näntö-Salonen
Hi Ed, I think that you have caught a perfect moment. All the elements of the image fit to the story, from the background that gives it the context, to the sepia tone and the window-frame effect. The fence in the foreground adds to the rhythm and anchors the base, and the dust comes out beautifully. It is just like looking out of the window and seeing the horse come into view and trot by.   Posted: 04/07/2021 06:58:03



Ed Ford   Ed Ford
Thank you Kristi. What you expressed was my intent. I am glad it worked for you as well.   Posted: 04/07/2021 08:21:08



Albert Zabin   Albert Zabin
This is very well composed and timed. I feel that the photo is a bid flat. The high key works well but the shadows could be darkened. P doesn't make it look old, but faded. You might experiment with different brown tone. Personally, I don't think sepia works that well. The curved border doesn't seem to serve any aesthetic purpose. As I wite this, I am glancing at a photograph of my father taken when he was about 10 years old (Ca 1905). The photograph is toned a warm brown and the tones are well balanced.   Posted: 04/13/2021 20:56:45
Ed Ford   Ed Ford
Thanks for the comments Albert. One of the issues I had was trying to darken the shadows and losing the detail of the horse. It was a difficult balance for me. I did not want a silhouetted horse, but wanted more pop as you suggested. I settled for best effort. I have some other images of this scene and will try some of what you suggest. The curved top was an attempt at something that was a little different to frame the scene.   Posted: 04/14/2021 20:19:49



Jen Carrick   Jen Carrick
Ed, you have caught the action of the horse beautifully. I really like the old fashioned look you have given the image. It has a timeless quality. Well done   Posted: 04/14/2021 20:38:21



 

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